French: Gobemouche ardoisé German: Waldrandschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas pizarroso
Muni River, West Africa = Gabon
Subspecies and Distribution
B. c. aximensis
(W. L. Sclater, 1924) – Sierra Leone, Liberia, SE Guinea, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana, S Togo and S Nigeria.
B. c. camerunensis
(Reichenow, 1892) – Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
B. c. comitatus
(Cassin, 1857) – S Cameroon and S Central African Republic E to extreme SW South Sudan (Aloma Plateau) and SW & C Uganda, S to Gabon, Congo, NW Angola (Cabinda, Cuanza Norte), SC & E DRCongo and Burundi.
12 cm; 12–16 g. Male nominate race has crown, neck side and upperparts, including scapulars and lesser upperwing-coverts, plain dark slate-grey; lores black, narrow... read more
Song a short and unobtrusive series of a few clear notes. Contact call a dry “prrrrt”;... read more
Forest clearings, along forest roads and other open areas, forest edges, early regenerating forest... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mostly beetles (Coleoptera), bees, wasps, winged ants and ichneumons (Hymenoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), flies (Diptera),... read more
Laying in Jan, Mar and May–Jul in Ghana, Apr in Nigeria, Feb–Apr, Jun–Oct and Dec in Cameroon, Jan–Feb and Aug in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, and common to uncommon, sometimes rare. Only one record from Togo, at Fazao. Average density in NE Gabon 12·5 pairs/km². This species’... read more
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